Pros: Great suction, long lasting, Stylish Retro looks, can get high filtration bags
Cons: Weight, speed of changing attachments, all dirt and debris goes through the fan
I have just recently moved out to be on my own and with my first apartment I needed different things for the first time. I was given a used Dirt Devil MVP from my sister and her husband-to-be. I thought that this would suffice for all my vacuuming needs, after all, how much vacuuming do you need to do in a one bedroom apartment? Before I used this Dirt Devil MVP, I went to Target and bought some bags, as to not get that funky old vacuum smell. I sprinkled some of that smelly carpet powder onto the carpet and fired up the Dirt Devil. After going over the same spot multiple times, I noticed that the Dirt Devil wasn't lifting the powder. Thus my quest for a better vacuum starts.
From traveling with my company, I had points built up with the frequent stayer program at the hotel, and I found that I had enough points for a vacuum cleaner, but was the vacuum I could get good or a piece of junk? I started looking on epinions.com and was overwhelmed by the vast choices that were before me. So I resorted to the old-fashioned, tried and true method, I asked a co-worker.
Fortunately for me, she was a former Kirby saleswoman. She sang the praises of the Kirby and told me to get a model built prior to the G3. She said the self propelled device is just another thing to go wrong and it makes the machine even heavier. Also it makes you feel like you are getting your carpets cleaner because you have to work for it.
So I did it. I made the plunge and went to a Kirby repair shop and bought a used Heritage II model for $300. I got the vacuum, shampooer, shampoo, bags, zip brush, hose and the rest of the accessories.
I couldn't wait to get back to the apartment to try it out. I was impressed by how easily it removed the carpet powder the Dirt Devil missed. It also seemed to fluff the carpet more than a normal vacuum.
I next tried the Rug Renovator (carpet shampooer). It didn't work like the pictures showed so I went back to the Kirby place and they cleaned out the little tube that feeds water to the hose that attaches to the brush. After that it worked great. I found out why they called it a Rug Renovator; it made the carpet look almost new.
To get the hose onto the unit, you have to turn the badge on the front of the beater unit to release the belt from the motor. Next you unlatch the beater unit and lift it off. Then you put the hose onto the vacuum. It??s pretty simple to connect, not brain surgery or rocket science. It is a little cumbersome changing to the hose at first, but once you get used to it, it goes pretty easily. The Zip Brush is an attachment that has turbine fins powered by the suction of the vacuum, to turn a brush. This works well to clean furniture. The crevice tool is thin from the front until where it attaches to the hose making it very useful indeed.